Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 9
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 8.5
Trees: 9

Lookout for

Elephant
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Spotted Hyena
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon
Crocodile

Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa and a hidden gem for tourists. Excellent game-viewing and notable birding can be expected when visiting the park. Great populations of elephant, lion and African wild dog exist in the park, with some of the highest densities of these species occurring here. The Rufiji River runs through the park and is the focal area in which most safari operators are based. Huge pods of hippo and massive crocodile populations can be found all along the rivers pools and on its banks. This vast remote wilderness that teems with game offers a truly intimate nature experience and is a refreshing contrast to the busier northern circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro and the Masai Mara). Due to its remote location and the difficulties of getting there by road, most visitors opt to fly in from Dar es Salaam on a charter plane, which is recommended.

Why we like it

Africa's largest park; True wilderness tracts; Fantastic safari opportunities; Proximity to Dar Es Salaam

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 55 000 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Lion
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Mloka Village

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Kiba Point, Selous Super Luxury Full Board
Kinga Lodge, Selous Full Board
Rufiji River Camp, Selous Luxury Full Board
Sand Rivers, Selous Super Luxury Full Board

Tours & Trips (click on the links below)

Tour / Trip Budget Duration
Mikumi and Selous 6-Day Tour, Tanzania Super Luxury 6 days
Selous Luxury Safari Tour Super Luxury 3 nights, 4 days

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Elephant
African Wild Dog


BRIDS
Martial Eagle
Lappet Faced Vulture
Bateleur Eagle


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile


TREES
Acacia


HABITAT TYPES
Riverine
Savannah Woodland
Thornveld
Flood Plains
Rocky Outcrops
Open Water